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earthquake that devastated the bay area. japan is still feeling the aftershocks tonight and all this means something to each and every one of you watching because we all live in earthquake country. the devastation in japan lets know how vulnerable we >> reporter: for many of us, take a look at this videotape where you can see the four faults that seismologists know of here in the bay area. they are the san andreas, hayward, rogers creek fault. they're located in urban areas. experts believe the rogers creek fault located in the santa rose area will be the next one to cause a major earthquake because a lot of tension is built up underground. there's a major difference between the japan earthquake and the loma prieta, the one we experienced back in 1989. >> in the loma prieta, we were very close santa cruz, san jose and we then saw lots of shaking in the san francisco peninsula. the devastation in san francisco was very localized due to particular types of ground motion that caused strong shaking. >> reporter: the map you see here shows where the quake struck in japan and how far it struck b
of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they likely wouldn't be used to put out fires at the plants, but might play a role in dealing with the radiation. they promise more information tomorrow. >> thank you, gavin. let's check in now with jeff ranieri checking the weather patterns and what that impact may be with us, especially now that we're talking so much about radiation concerns. >> as that radiation continues to get emitted into the atmosphere, we see weather systems over japan keeping this suppressed to the surface, as we head toward the next 48 hours, we're going to see a shift in the atmosphere that's going to allow some of the radiation to go into the higher levels, something to keep in mind here in california, that radiation will weaken quite a bit over a 59
of drinking water. on the economic front, japan's stock market plunged again today. >> reporter: it's considered the worst disaster in japan since world war ii and will also be the most documented. this home video continues to come into the newsroom on a daily basis. this is one of the hardest-hit areas. this fishing port was virtually wiped off the map. the pictures are so alarming. reports that as many as 10,000 people are missing from this town alone. >> we have live team coverage. george is live in tokyo. we'll go to him in a moment. obviously they are following developments there closely and there is much anxiousness. >> we've been talking the last few days about three japan towns. here in san francisco and san jose. live in san jose, there are different generations with how they are coping now with the disaster. chris? >> reporter: well, this is a very interesting place here. san jose's japan town. we have seen generations of people, people who were born in japan and have been here for many, many years. also, children who are four or five generations removed but all trying to
the latest on some california experts now on their way to japan to lend their expertise with the contiinnu t th therou good night. >>> disaster, in japan. dramatic rescues and utter devastation. tonight, after natural disaster, a power plant explosion and a threat of nuclear disaster. just how dangerous is it? plus a new look at the power and fury of a tsunami. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now people here in japan are starting to ask themselves how much worse can things get? struck yesterday by one of the largest earthquakes ever on record entire communities swept away under a 30 foot high tsunami and now this. thousands forced to flee from path of a radioactive leak. it is sunday morning here in tokyo. far from the epicenter still feeling the occasional aftershock. in the disaster zone itself, along the east coast, rescue efforts have been complicated by damage to a nuclear power plant. it could potentially suffer a nuclear meltdown. and there is late word of an emergency involving a second reactor in that complex. hundreds of bodies have been
products. don't be big tobacco's next victim. >>> breaking news out of japan where a huge, a great earthquake has thundered through that country. an 8.8 magnitude quake off of the northeastern coast of that country. just a distance from tokyo. that happening at 2:46 japan time about 9:46 this evening here. that triggered a 13-foot tsunami in that area. >> and those pictures that you were just seeing just a moment ago was the leading edge of that tsunami moving in. those were live pictures from japan as a 13-foot we're back to those live pictures right now, look at that, that's a wall of water that is moving inland. the tsunami caused by this earthquake. i think in the top the screen. you can see a boat being carried inland. epicenter of this earthquake about 240 miles northwest of tokyo. they felt it. and they felt it hard in tokyo, large buildings shook violently. workers poured into the streets. there are reports of even buildings toppled and fires going on right now in tokyo. again 240 miles away. >> again, an 8.8 earthquake but this is not the first earthquake to rock japan in
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the disaster in japan. in the aftermath of the quake and the tsunami, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers out west tonight. we have all the very latest for you on the disaster in japan. it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across japan, 54 nuclear reactors, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over this past weekend, there was one explosion in one buil
>>> six nuclear reactors at two power plants in japan are at risk of meltdown after the cooling systems fail. add to that, one of the buildings housing the reactors exploded earlier today. emergency crews ordered more than 170,000 people to evacuate the areas around those two power plants. as for the earthquake and tsunami, officials have confirmed the deaths of nearly 800 people. but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. there are stories coming out as well of people who evacuated to schools, to shelters, only to have the shelter destroyed by the tsunami. one described how the road moved up and down like a wave during the earthquake, then things caught on fire while it was snowing and then the tsunami hit. there's now 100,000 troops on the ground along the northeastern coast. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. we have team coverage of the ongoing aftermath. elyce kirchner is covering the threat of the meltdown. kimberly tere is in santa cruz. but first, nbc's lee cowan has the latest from japan. >> reporter: good morning from tokyo. it is sunday morning here, where
today," on the verge. japan's nuclear crisis creeps toward catastrophe as a third reactor is rocked by an explosion and a fourth catches fire. >>> nikkei nose dive, japanese stocks go into a free fall when investors panicked by radiation fears. jacks up the price of flying fears. jacks up the price of flying american astronauts into space. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a nuclear nightmare. radiation levels spiked in japan this morning in the wake of a series of explosions at the fukushima nuclear power plant. there are new concerns water inside the waste pool storage pool for one of the damaged reactors may be boiling increasing the possibility of fuel rods being exposed. just days after suffering its most crippling catastrophe ever, japan is now facing the world's worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl. for the latest we turn to nbc's kristin dahlgren in tokyo. good morning to you. >> good morning. the latest radiation levels ap
>>> tonight from bad to worse, developing news from japan right now where the last line of defense against a nuclear meltdown is put on hold. getting out. csu students in japan are given orders to come home now, and tonight that exodus is under way. they came back to see what was left of their home. the answer? not much at all. we're there as one family returns to the quake zone, and we'll show you the surprise they found. good evening, and thanks for joining us tonight. >> they are breaking developments out of japan. late tonight pacific time smoke poured ut of the crippled fukushima power plant as people watched the worst environmental disaster in their country broadcast life on the tvs. inside the plant, workers the only line of defense to cool the reactors, down told to stop and evacuate. plant officials admitting they have no idea what's causing that smoke. >> moments ago chris jansing, one of the crews remaining in tokyo filed this report along with our chief medical correspondent along with robert boozele. the question, simple, what's the impact of what happened in the last
>>> japan wakes but not from its nightmare. >> my son might have been engulfed by the tsunami. >> a new day brings fresh scenes of devastation. new fears of nuclear disaster. >> we don't know what's going on inside the plant at the moment. >> and an ever rising death toll. tonight the latest, most redeveloping pictures from the worst hit city. as the grim search for survivors continues, relief finally arrives. >> we're over here to help. >> there are dramatic stories of rescue, but an overwhelming sense of despair. >> we lost everything. >> with thousands missing, cities gone -- >> the longer it goes on the less likely we'll find survivors. >> and a proud nation brought to its knees. the very latest with ann curry and lester holt on the disaster in japan. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to this special edition of "dateline" reporting from tokyo, i'm lester holt. the scope has widened, the death toll has risen astronomically now estimated at more than 10,000 people. it is the gravest crisis japan has faced, leaders say, since world war ii. with the lat
>>> right notice at 5:00, the exact number of dead in japan is still unknown, but the expected death toll rose sharply today. that as power plant crews continue to check people for radiation poisoning, and hundreds of thousands of people are spending a second night in evacuation shelters. we'll have the very latest from japan straight ahead, including an update from our very own george who was there tonight. >>> friends and family of a san jose english teacher missing in japan are struggling to try to re-establish contact with her. we'll have a live report on that coming up. >>> and bar crews are gearing up for a very long night of emergency work after a tank car train came off the tracks. we'll have the very latest and what it might mean for your morning commute. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. tonight we have an extended hour-long 5:00 newscast and we begin with the very latest developments in japan where it is 9:00 a.m. on monday. japan officials today acknowledged it is likely up to 10,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami. that
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the disaster in japan. people are being ordered to seal themselves in their homes after a radiation leak. and new problems at more reactors. tonight the americans who are buying medicine based on fear. and the continuing suffering on day five since the disaster. our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. tonight japan is dealing with a full scale tragedy, while also trying to contain a full scale nuclear emergency. the release of radiation has prompted a major evacuation. and the people of japan, across a wide area, are now being told to seal themselves in their homes. tonight we have the latest on the disaster in japan. the number confirmed dead just over 3,500. and the missing now standing at close to 7,000. both expected to go much higher. half a million people have been evacuated. almost that number are in shelters. there are still huge shortages of food, fuel, water and shelter. about that radiation leak and the effort to avert an all out meltdown. 70,
of japan. amateur video showing the exact moment the tsunami slammed into a village in the northeast part of that island nation. good evening, everyone. >> there are stories of hope and recovery but they're overshadowed tonight by a growing nuclear concern. let get you caught up on the late developing nuxs tonight, a primary concern involves the crippled fukushima power plant. radiation is leaking from the crippled reactor after yet another explosion and fire. japan's prime minister warning its people to stay indoors and saying, radioactive fuel inside one of the reactors is in jeopardy of medicaling down. >> we're getting new photos of the devastation seen from space. google showing more hard overing images, showing the hard he was hit areas before and after. >> and against the odds, a japanese soldier plucked a healthy 4-month-old baby girl from the debris in one of the hardest hit areas of the disaster. >> japan struggling to cope with three tragedies. the search for the earthquake victims, the tsunami that engulfed the provinces and tonight the escalating threat from the damaged nucle
by spiking radiation levels. japan doubled the number of workers heading into the plant to assess the situation. all this time, the japanese had been telling people to stay 12 miles away, but that may not be far enough. >> american citizens in japan evacuate, those american citizens within a 50-mile radius of the reactors evacuate from that area. this is the same advice that the nrc would give if this incident were taking place in thenit uni states. >> how u.s. military pilots are not being allowed within that radius of the plant except for the ones who are going to assist in some relief missions. they are getting those iodine tablets. as the white house delivers the urgent message to get away, france and australia are telling their folks to get out of japan all together. steven chu told congress he can't say whether japan is responding appropriately because even he is hearing conflicting reports. the head of the nuclear regul regulatory commission -- nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much. >>> a bay area woman knows firsthand what it's like to survive a nuclear disaster. jodi
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the big one hits japan. a massive history-making earthquake, one of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. as you know by now, the nation of japan has suffered a colossal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the big quake was a magnitude 8.9, it struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center. it has been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be thousands, as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving fas
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the desperate measures under way to get the nuclear crisis in japan under control. >>> and president obama tells americans there's no threat from radiation coming across the pacific. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers joining us in the west. while the japanese deal with a staggering humanitarian crisis, they are now engaging in a last-resort effort to stop perhaps multiple meltdowns at nuclear reactors. and today president obama had to reassure the american public especially those along the west coast, that these fears of some sort of radioactive cloud coming across the pacific just aren't true. here now the latest on the disaster in japan. desperate measures now under way to lessen the nuclear disaster. while tonight japanese officials are saying they have rare good news of some levels stabilizing, late today we got the first look at the reactors close up. this new video of a helicopter fly-over showing the destruction. then there are the numbers. just under 5700 dead, ju
bringing to six the total number of reactors that have failed in japan. here's what we know at this hour. those six reactors are at risk of spreading radiation about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. one building exploded early this morning, housing one of those reactors, but remarkably we're told the reactor containment vessel is still intact and crews are pumping sea water into that vessel to try to cool it right now. so far there are no further reports of radiation escaping from that site. japanese officials confirmed the deaths of almost 700 people, but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. more than 215,000 people are living in temporary shelters in five areas. and millions are without water and power at this hour. here in california, we, too, have nuclear power plants and earthquakes. could it happen here. there are 104 power plants in the u.s. including two on the west coast. the closest reactor to the bay area is the diablo canyon nuclear power plant located near san luis obispo. it's said it's unlikely what happened in japan would happen here. >> as you
>>> on the broadcast tonight, disaster in japan day six. on the nuclear crisis, the americans now say the radiation is much more dangerous than the japanese are letting on. while the heroic effort continues to stop a meltdown and recover from a quake and a tsunami, the fears over radiation continue. our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. tonight in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis in japan, for much of the day there was a disagreement between the americans and the japanese over how dangerous the nuclear crisis is and exactly how much radiation is being released into the environment. here's the very latest tonight on the japan disaster. the humanitarian crisis continues. over 4100 confirmed dead. there are 12,000 unaccounted for. 100 countries are now offering aid to japan. tens of thousands of people have been scanned for radiation. american citizens within 50 miles of the bad reactors have been told to evacuate or stay inside their homes after the most recent spike in radiatio
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. growing fears of a nuclear meltdown after explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant, crippled in the devastated earthquake and tsunami. and the search intensifies, new images emerge of the catastrophe that stunned the world. saturday, march 12, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm amy robak. >> and i'm kacarl quintanilla. >> there is a growing fear of nuclear meltdown in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. a fire at one of two nuclear power plants at the epicenter. you can see the explosion in the distance. injuries there. and the wounds and walls have been destroyed. a possible radiation leak. mandatory evacuations in the areas of both plants. >> as for the death toll, at least 1,300 people have been killed. authorities say that number may rise in hours and days ahead. hundreds unaccounted for, and untold numbers of people are stranded. rescue efforts under way to reach them. >> millions across the country without power. officials have lost contact with
>>> right now at 11:00, disaster in japan, and the ground is still shaking. >> this one i would have to say right now is one of the stronger ones. >> nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan as the damage becomes more evidence. the tragedy in japan knows no border. a bay area family is waiting for word on a loved one caught in the disaster zone. the news starts right now. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. it is now monday afternoon in japan. and the country faces another nuclear threat. just hours ago, a second explosion at a reactor rocked northeastern japan. here are some of the latest video we're getting into the newsroom from the fukushima plant. so far six people have been hurt, but it's not known how much if any radiation has been released. and the number of deaths continues to rise as well. right now at least 10,000 people have died. but that will no doubt grow in the days to come. our own nbcay b area's george kiriyama is about an hour north of tokyo near the airport. he begins our coverage tonight. hello, george. >> reporter: hello, diane. good afternoon from narita just
here in menlo park and in japan have updated the magnitude of the earthquake from 8.9 to 9.0. the change means the quake was 1.5 times stronger than they initially thought. the official death toll approximately 2,000 people now. >> however, the projected death toll is well over 10,000. thousands of people still remain missing while survivors are coping with emergency shelters. rescue crews are battling long distances and has destruction as they try to reach these survivors. more than 1 million people are still without water and power. nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan tonight, reporting live from tokyo. we will check in with him at approximately 6:15. well, the nuclear crisis in japan continues the deepen at this hour. reports of a third explosion. it happened within the last 90 minutes of the crippled fukushima daiichi power plant. the associated press reports the latest explosion was a reactor where the water levels left fuel rods exposed. they're trying to keep temperatures under control. earlier today, these pictures were taken of a hydrogen explosion in anothe
bye-bye. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >>> this morning on "early today," high anxiety. japan pulls emergency workers from its crippled nuclear power plant after a surge in radiation. >>> dealing with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. it was following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. nbc's dan shenaman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have worked to avert a tragedy. the work has centered on damage to the machine four reactor where spent rods were being stored in pools of water. sea water has been pumped
, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in these attacks he launched from south america to stop gadhafi from firing on his own people. we
devastated north eastern japan, american nuclear energy leaders are taking a different position regarding the safe of japan's crippled nuclear plant. >> the white house warned u.s. citizens to clear the area 50 miles around the plant. japan is just advising a 20-mile evacuation. the state department is telling citizens to rely on the united states for updates. nbc's bay area is tracking the effort to stop a nuclear meltdown. >> reporter: we are monitoring all the information coming and it is hard to make sense of all this. what we do know is that right now in the last hour, the focus has shifted to a reactor at that daiichi nuclear plant. that's one thing we're watching. we're watching the advisory for american to get a little farther away from that plant than was originally recommended. now, the japanese government did double the number of workers they're sending in, trying to find out what's happening within the plant. they are working by flashlight. they are pumping sea water in to cool those fuel rods. from the outside, they will use water cannons instead of water dropping helicopters
in the nuclear business talk about big changes that need to be made. >>> and her mission of love in japan that comes with a warning for every household back home. good evening, i'm garvin thomas. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. nuclear scientists in japan tonight admit they're fighting an invisible enemy, radiation. the levels again spiking at those damaged power plants. now, just hours ago japanese crews innohi cok choppers started dumping sea water on reactors. in washington, u.s. officials are now warning that one, if not two, of those plants may be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material. and those fears are prompting a mass exodus from tokyo tonight. with the obama administration authorizing the first evacuations of americans. among those, nbc's chris jansing who talked with us minutes ago from the airport in tokyo. >> reporter: it's going to be interesting to see what the reaction of the japanese people is when they hear this news because america is the strongest ally. and i think for them to say that their people need to leave the dependence of their embassy personnel said th
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewer in the west tonight. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the twor wars we're fighting, the u.s. will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi d
in japan where it morning now and smoke is still billowing from a damaged nuclear power plant. workers have been trying everything to cool reactors there. but at this point, they're not even sure if their methods are working. the plan now to use fire trucks to spray even more water on that plant. president obama is assuring americans, meanwhile, that harmful doses of radiation will not make it to the united states. here in the bay area, air quality leaders are monitoring radiation levels, and so far everything is normal. but some people aren't taking chances. many getting out. nbc bay area's george kiriyama who is first bay area reporter on the scene there in japan when the disaster unfolded, well, tonight he's back and he's sharing his experience with us coming up in just moments. >> now george left japan because of concerns over radiation but it seems those concerns have followed him stateside. many people in the bay area are wondering, just what risk do we face? >> well, tracking that impact of the radiation from japan. one dispersion model. that's actually the name. shows slightly eleva
after the whole disaster in japan and the whole tsunami warning and now there is a tornado warning. >> reporter: most people we talk with said high winds shook their homes. they also reported seeing hail. the tornado warning was lifted about a half-hour after it was issued. the san mateo county sheriff's office said they received no reports of damage or injuries. i did talk to one woman who was flying into sfo right around the same time of the tornado warning, and she said she had a very, very bumpy ride. reporting live in bell monday. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. when's ahead for this weekend? we'll check in with jeff ranieri in moments. >>> another major development in japan today. >> japanese leaders raised the crisis level to a level 5. that's on par with the 1979 three mile island core meltdown that happened in pennsylvania in the united states. japan's prime minister now, naoto kan urged citizens to unite against the country's worst crisis. he did that today in a televised address to the nation. this after the crisis level was raised to five on the international scale of
>>> this morning on "early today," wall of destruction. death toll soars in japan as authorities race to head off nuclear meltdowns. >>> shock waves. the situation in japan raises fears over moouk power plants here at home. >>> and whiteout. a late winter blizzard leaves hundreds of motorists stranded in north dakota. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a very good morning to you. today we begin with a country in crisis. in japan, rescuers are searching for signs of life beneath the rubble as the clock ticks in the wake of friday's epic disaster. japanese police say that they have recovered another 1,000 bodies that washed along the shore adding to a mounting death toll already thought to be above 10,000. nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us with the latest. good morning to you. >> good morning, veronica. there have now been more than 300ç aftershocks registered he. there were new warnings today, and now the possibility of a nuclear accident. with heavy equipment and bare hands, rescue workers continue the desperate search for survivors. virtually every piece of debris
of the food coming here from japan. we'll have answers for you here tonight. >>> the struggle of those rebels in libya to now get the upper hand as nbc's richard engel lives through a close call on the ground. >>> making a difference. with a combination of medical expertise and a higher power. >>> and a screen gem is gone. some say the last of the true movie stars. tonight we'll remember elizabeth taylor. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we're still in the middle of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' headquarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi ton
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. >>> survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during last week's catastrophic tsunami. >>> and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan raise the the a virity rating of the nuclear crisis from four to five putting it on par with the three mile island disaster of 1979. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. fire engines are blasting tons of water into the hot zone. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yest
of japan as nuclear meltdown fears grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience store. >>> and space odyssey, astronauts unveil the international space station's astronauts unveil the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its crippled nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of americans out of japan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be voluntary evacuations, even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. believes
to seal themselves inside as japan's leaders continue to ask everyone to remain calm. >> we have live team coverage tonight from the bay area to japan. we'll look at the radiation fears, but let's begin with george who joins us from tokyo via skype. like millions of japanese residents, you, too, are waking up to a brand new day filled with brand new hurdles. take us inside here and tell us what the pulse of that city is now. >> you said it. it is a brand new day here. i think this day started last night. we got a good feeling for what's going on here in tokyo as we've seen many who live here as well as tourists trying to leave the city and though they're hearing the levels of radiation, they're not taking chances and are fleeing tokyo while they can, including one man from san francisco who we met at the train station. >> with the threat of radiation increasing in tokyo, many who live here have already made up their minds on what they're going to do. get out now. count this tokyo native in that crowd. >> i never expeerntsed such a thing, so i don't know what to do. i just don't k
attention to the development now in japan. so many stories happening in japan and the bay area. the battle continues. >> there is a measure of success to tell you about where engineers have laid down the portion of a power line to that damaged reactor at the fukushima power plant. that line could help restore the cooling system which all of them were damaged in last week's earthquake and the tsunami. so far it is only a prekacautio. federal officials say it will not reach harmful levels right here. airports are screening passengers. full radiation so far and no levels have been detected. american 747 used to fight fires will be part of the effort to contain the radiation in japan. unclear, though, at this point how it will be involved. it will not be part of water drops directly into the are reactors. robert is in tokyo tonight with more on the latest. >> reporter: dramatic pictures on japanese television showed military helicopters dropping water on one of the reactors. the water often missing its mark. the company that owns the plant said the drastic move which exposed the pilots to radi
been limited to the area surrounding the plant itself. >> many people across japan pause for a moment of silence to remember the victims and for those missing. the death toll from the magnitude 9.0 quake is projected at more than 10,000 people. >> it is obvious in the quake of such a tragedy, people all over the bay area want to find a way to help and give back. >> george is back from tokyo and is joining us from the san jose buddhist church where volunteers are accepting donations. but first we want to go to tracey at the japanese kl chural and community center. volunteers are working the phone. we see them behind you. a massive telethon is underway. this is a remarkable fund-raising effort, isn't it? >> as you know, nbc bay area and comcast have been working together all day long to bring you this telethon. it's been going on since 7 a.m. i want you to take a look at these volunteers over here, busy answering phone calls from people who want to donate money to help the victims of the japan earthquake and tsunami. some people have been asking for the last week, what can i do to help?
of northern japan, a stunning rescue to tell you about. >>> and later, how the nuclear nightmare in japan is sparking new worries about a long-controversial nuclear plant here in the u.s. >>> we're back now with the latest on the disaster in japan. nine days after the earthquake and tsunami, the death toll is nearly 8,500 and there are still nearly 13,000 people listed as missing. both numbers are expected to go even higher. and today we learned an incredible story of survival. an 80-year-old woman and her grandson were found alive in the wreckage of her home. they had been living on yogurt and water in the kitchen on the second floor. their rescue is giving new hope to those still searching for their loved ones. tonight, our ian williams reports from miyako, japan, one of the many devastated towns where the search is still going on. >> reporter: today, we reached miyako, or at least what's left of this once bustling fishing town. hundreds died here. soldiers were continuing to scour the rubble. turning over the battered shell of a car in search of bodies. this officer told me they had st
discussion without addressing japan first. this is a show that is pretaped before the sunday morning time slot, so things may have changed. >> yes. >> but assuming things are progressing, what do we know economically about what this is going to mean? >> well, the two key aspects about japan and its relationship to the united states, one is on the output of production site. the semiconductors, so many of the components that go into automobiles and high-tech goods come from japan, are put into u.s. products and then shipped globally. the second aspect is the financial aspect. japan is a major buyer of u.s. financial assets, particularly u.s. treasuries, and they are a major capital exporter. so, what has bothered people recently is that japan's semiconductor production has been hit as well as their willingness to finance global investment. they've pulled back. a lot of that money is coming back into japan. it strengthened the yen relative to the dollar, but it also has a bias on interest rates. >> explain that to me. i wrote that down. the yen rose to new highs as economists expected funds
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. the nuclear threat grows here with partial meltdowns reported in at least two reactors, and as death toll estimates soar, an extraordinary new look at the moment of crisis, that unstoppable tsunami that swept away entire communities. this morning we'll visit the hardest hit area, an entire city in ruins. today is sunday, march 13th, 2011. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," disaster in japan. with lester holt live from tokyo and jenna wolf live from studio 1 1 a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm lester holt inspect downtown tokyo. >> i'm jenna wolf in new york. we're getting reports of partial meltdowns in two reactors. i understand things have gotten much worse overnight. >> they really have. it's your overnight and our day. we experienced a number of aftershocks, but as the world focuses on the survivors and finding people, watching this nuclear situation play out has been very disturbing, perhaps two meltdowns, a third reactor at that same plant complex may be at risk of an explosion
. with you when it's time to save. ♪ fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan tonight after an explosion at a reactor. tens of thousands of people have been evacuated. >>> the nuclear situation in japan is raising concerns here in california about the safety of two power plants. we'll have details on that coming up. >>> santa cruz is trying to recover from yesterday's tsunami. dozens of people who live on the water are homeless tonight. >>> plus, a look at the damage on the big island of hawaii. several popular resorts are shut down tonight. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. tonight the biggest concern in japan is potential fallout from a nuclear explosion today. two reactors are damaged and 140,000 people are being evacuated following an explosion and fire at one reactor earlier today. all residents there are now undergoing radiation testing. and tonight at least nine people have been exposed to radiation. also tonight, tens of thousands of people are still missing. and whole towns were wiped off the map. right now, officials say 1,400 people are conf
relief efforts in japan right now. even though a lot is off the regular news, people are suffering. children are suffering. and we just want to help us as quickly as we can. >> you said now, it's now weeks after and some of the initial shock is gone, but from being in contact with people, it's now this post stress of how do i live my life. how do i get through another day? >> i think the realization of losing everything has finally set in after the initial shock of dealing with traumatic devastation. a lot of post-traumatic stress disorderer. a lot of mental health counseling issues with children that lost their parents. the need is tremendous and will continue to go on. >> thank you so much. just a few bucks makes a big difference. look for the folks in the red shirts and if not, go to jcccnc. jcccnc.org. our weather maps for tonight, what you're going to find is a much different pattern here throughout the next couple of days. over a million dollars has been raised. >> thanks to nbc, we raised $417,000 right after the earthquake and now, we're over $1 million. >> that's fantastic
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another 1,000 bodies washed up along japan's earthquake and tsunami-ravaged coast, as the nuclear crisis deepens, with a new explosion at an already damaged power plant. ann curry reports live from the region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, march 14, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> the images continue to haunt us all. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. japan's prime minister calling this the gravest crisis in his country since world war ii. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000. that's expected to climb. so far, about 2,800 people are confirmed dead including those 1,000 bodies discovered overnight. meanwhile, 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima nuclear plant and the u.s. military shifted some of the fleet further away from shore after military personnel were exposed to low level radiation. the state department is warning americans
japan. three explosions and one fire has now happened at that facility since it was damaged by last week's earthquake and subsequent tsunami. >> the call is out tonight -- evacuate. there is real fear that the situation is spiraling toward something much worse. more than just power outages and supply shortages. >> a new day in japan means new fears. it's wednesday morning and tens of thousands of people are on the move, including our own george kariama, changing his travel plans as well to avoid any potential health risk. he joins us from tokyo via skype. residents and journalists are now leaving tokyo. is there any sense of panic there? >> reporter: i would say a sense of urgency is the best way to describe it. not a sense of panic. when i looked outside the 18th floor window here and looked down, you can see people are going about your business. but you can definitely feel there's a sense of urgency when we're out and about early this morning, late last night. you can see that there is concern, there is worry, and in some cases, there is fear. i don't think there is a sense of panic. y
ago in japan. how rescuers were able to reach him. >> my heart goes out to that man and all the people. >> thousands in the bay area digging deep for victims in va p japan. >>> first our hospitals, then our homes. tonight we check bay area roads. and what we found could put us in line for a wake-up call. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. we begin with our storm watch. wild weather moving across the bay area. take a look if you haven't seen it or heard it already, thunder and lightning illuminating the sky. we caught this flash in san francisco. >> also the sight of a waterspout touching down off the coast. this rare occurrence for the bay area happened off ocean beach. and a heavy snowstorm in the sierra. great for skiing this weekend. spring skiing at that. but it's makinor f treacherous driving conditions. we'll tell you about the major road closures. >>> lots to share with you. chief meteorologist jeff ranieri tracking the weather into the weekend. wee begin with our jean elle and spectacular video. something we don't see a lot in the city, jean. >> reporter: we've had it all,
of the earthquake in japan. but the live ramifications of that coming to the bay area as you take a look at the pictures here. skyline boulevard near 92 in san mateo county where dozens and p higher ground anticipating the tsunami that will be hitting the pacific coast in about an hour from now. good morning, everybody. taupg thank you for joining us. i'm brent cannon. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. we have complete coverage right here, right now. >> we have been showing you all the aftermath from the earthquake in japan. we have been talking about the tsunami that generated a massive tsunami where the september enter epicenter occurred. >> 200 to 300 people he died bewept through. >> the sum nam tsunami hit around 5:00 this morning in hawaii. we have a tsunami warning in effect for us this morning. we'll go to christina loren for more on that. >>> good morning to you. we are just about 23 minutes out from the anticipated arrival of the first wave to crescent city. it could be anywhere between six and eight feet in height. we'll continue to watch that for you. my concern is when we see the
lab, we know whether radiation from japan is in the rain falling right now across the bay area. cheryl hurd joins us from berkeley with the test results. cheryl. >> reporter: raj, nuclear engineers at uc berkeley are leading the way when it comes to research on radiation from japan, and tonight they say the test results are in. rain here in the bay area is raising concerns. some people worry japan's nuclear disaster will mean radiation levels here will raise to unhealthy levels. >> i have a feeling it will increase, but hopefully it's not too dangerous. >> reporter: measurements are in progress right now in a lab at uc berkeley's campus. >> as of last wednesday we star started to collect air samples. as of friday and saturday we collected rain. >> reporter: an around of clock analysis shows a definite increase in water and air. >> we should not be concerned. the amount of radiation from japan is extremely install and shouldn't cause any problem or concern for us and our health. >> buddy says the testing is important because it helps nuclear engineers understand radiation, and it helps
to help those suffering in japan. >> that's right. so many local organizations stepping up to help those in need after the earthquake and tsunami. while a sea of orange and black heading into the stadium. giants are going to be adopting a new color tonight, the color red. they're taking your donations as the san francisco giants are stepping up to the plate and hoping to hit a home run on donations to help those in japan. we'll tell you how you can help and how much money has been railsed so far, coming up. ---raise sewed far coming up. >> still ahead at 6:00. bare shelves over the nuclear scare, in stores not in japan but here, in the bay area. tell you the supplies people are buying up. >> plus the president makes his case for the mission in libya in front of the national audience. did he make a strong enough case to win over the american people? >> and want to get your online opping done now. the measure about to hike the cost of your goods online. >>> tonight i can report that we have stopped gadhafi's deadly advan advance. thank you. >> president obama addresses the nation on libya.
about that in just a few minutes. >> thanks, nick. >>> discouraging news tonight from japan's nuclear safety agency, which reports pressure is again rising in one of the tsunami-damaged reactors. a setback that requires the venting of more radioactive gas. fire trucks were able to get within 60 feet of reactor number three, and shoot 1,500 tons of water at it. tonight authorities say the efforts might not have worked as well as first thought. higher radiation has already been detected in japan's food chain. contaminated milk was found about 19 miles from the troubled nuclear plant, with radiation levels five times higher than considered safe. levels in spinach, up to 90 miles away was up to seven times higher than levels deemed safe. >>> new at 11:00, we are getting a better look at just how radiation from japan is entering our atmosphere. and higher levels are now being detected in our environment. nbc bay area's elyce kirchner is live now in lafayette to explain. elyce? >> reporter: hi, marla. experts at uc berkeley say they're discovering higher levels of radiation in part because
, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical relief. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big military effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a hand-over to nato for the supervision of this strike. even though the pentagon warned libya today, quote, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this evening, there are late developments in this story tonight. we want to begin our coverage with our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. good evening. >> reporter: after another day of high-stakes, diplomatic wrangling, the u.s. has gotten the allies to agree nato will take command of the libyan military operation, at least the no-fly zone. the president back in the white house after his trip to lati
>>> days after the massive earthquake hit japan, we're still seeing new video showing dramatic rescues now as well. crews rescued these three elderly residents after the force of the tsunami buried them in their car. we're told they were trapped inside of that car for more than 20 hours, but we're also told all three are in relatively good shape. >>> good evening, i'm diane dwyer and you're watching a special edition of nbc bay area news. we're in instead of nightly tonight because of the pga golf tour. as we've been reporting, fears are mounting that more than 10,000 people are dead in japan. millions are without power or clean drinking water. and rescue workers continue to search through the rubble. kristen dahlgren has the latest for us from tokyo. >> reporter: days after the quake now and japan is a nation still grappling with the sheer size and scope of the destruction. amateur video shows the massive wall of water, as it erased virtually everything in its path. doors here now show the unmistakable stains of the water's reach. but the marks left behind on survivors are jus
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